‘Pop surrealism’ (also known as low brow) is an art genre that began as an underground movement in Los Angeles, California in the late 1970s. It stems fromsuch visual art subcultures as ‘underground comix,’ punk music, and other street culture. Cartoonists, namely Robert Williams and Gary Panter were mostlyresponsible for the creation of the ‘pop surrealism’ art form. In 1994, Robert Williams published a magazine (currently the second best-selling art magazine inthe nation) called ‘Juxtapoz,’ featuring artists and artwork that fell under this genre. Currently, there is much debate about whether ‘pop surrealism’ shouldbe considered a legitimate fine art. Many critics insist that the very movement actually mocks fine art and that the artists of this movement tend to be moreinvolved in practices of illustration, tattoo, and comic books rather than formally educated in fine art. I personally like this style because it has a senseof humor and it does not follow the "rules" in which artists and art are governed. Sometimes the humor is gleeful and sometimes it's born of sarcastic comment.I like that this style is very unusual and it has innocence and darkness in it. There are two very contrasting sides to this particular style: it's maliciousbut happy at the same time. I am attracted to visual art, in general, because it has the ability to represent visuals which are not possible to create inreal life. Lowbrow art is constantly showing whimsical imaginary visuals, with heavy surrealistic influences, and that's one of my favorite aspects of it.